Not the same
THE CONCESSIONS granted to Sandals International did not result from the same process as those to the rest of the hotel sector and therefore should not be lumped together.
So said Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler as he explained it was not accurate for the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) to say the hotel sector had been waiting almost two years for concessions from Government.
“They could not have been waiting 17 months when the law was only proclaimed in January. The Sandals process started more than two years ago but we didn’t take that decision then in relation to [the BHTA] – that decision was crystallised in the middle of last year, as far as I can recall, then the law had to be adjusted, passed, proclaimed and now it is going through the administrative process,” he said.
Sinckler was speaking to journalists after showing up for a later session of the BHTA’s quarterly general meeting at Hilton Barbados yesterday.
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